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Understanding Grammar - Making predictions

Understanding Grammar - Making predictions

In this week's Premier Skills English Podcast, Jack and Rich are talking about the World Cup and make some predictions about the matches, players and fans in Russia. The language focus is on the grammar we use to make predictions. Your task is to use this language to make your own World Cup predictions. As always, we also have a new football phrase for you to guess and news about our World Cup competition and World Cup programme. Enjoy!

Transcript

If you found the listening difficult, you can read the transcript and listen at the same time.
Read the transcript and listen at the same time.

Introduction: 

Jack: So; it’s kicked off.

Rich: Yeah, I’ve been looking forward to the World Cup for ages.

Jack: Who do you fancy?

Rich: What do you mean?

Jack: Who do you fancy to win? Who do you think is going to win?

Rich: Ah ... I’m not sure. I suppose all the usual suspects like Brazil, Germany, France, Argentina will be there or thereabouts.

Jack: I reckon Spain’s going to do well.

Rich: Yeah, I did too, but they’ve just sacked their coach - two days before the World Cup so I’m not so sure now.

Jack: What about a dark horse? I think Uruguay might surprise a few people and do well?

Rich: Yeah, good shout. My dark horse and you’ll probably laugh at me for saying this but my dark horse is actually England.

Jack: England? Really? I’ll believe that when I see it.

Welcome:

Rich: Hello my name’s Rich

Jack: and I’m Jack

Rich: and welcome to this week’s Premier Skills English podcast

Jack: Where we talk about football and help you with your English.

Jack: What’s happening this week, Rich?

Rich: In this week’s podcast, we have the first of four World Cup podcasts. 

Jack: That’s right. During the World Cup in Russia our podcasts are going to be connected to the World Cup in some way and are all part of our World Cup Community programme.

Rich: What’s our World Cup Community programme?

Jack: It’s a four-week programme of activities connected to the World Cup that will help you with your English. You can sign-up now for free on the Premier Skills English website. You need to click the tab on the homepage that says ‘live’ to join the programme.

Rich: It will be great to see you there and discuss the World Cup as well as practising English together.

Jack: This is our first World Cup podcast and we are going to help you with grammar and the language you need to make predictions.

Rich: And we’re going to make a few World Cup predictions and ask you for your predictions, too.

Jack: And don’t forget to listen to the end of the podcast because we have a new football phrase for you to try to guess - connected to the World Cup of course.

Topic Focus

Rich: We’ve got five predictions. Do you agree with our predictions or not?

Jack: OK - so prediction number one is the big one. Who is going to win the World Cup? 

Rich: So, Jack. You said that you think Uruguay will do well. You said that they’re a bit of a dark horse but do you think they’ll win the World Cup.

Jack: I think they’ll do well but I’m not sure that they’re going to win it. Maybe they’ll make the semi-finals. 

Rich: So, who are you going to go for? You can’t sit on the fence.

Jack: I’m going for Brazil. They’ve been waiting for four years after that horrible defeat against Germany. They’ll beat Germany 2-1 in the final. What about you? Who’s going to win?

Rich: England.

Jack: Sorry?

Rich: England.

Jack: Really? Are you sure?

Rich: Yep.

Jack: Right, our second prediction. Who do you think will be the best fans? Which fans will stand out? Who’s going to make the most noise?

Rich: I think people will remember the Peru fans. I heard on the radio this morning that there are loads of Peruvians in Russia - it’s the first time they’ve qualified since 1982. They’ll make loads of noise.

Jack: I think Iceland fans will be great. They do this viking clap where they clap slowly and then should ‘huh’. It’s amazing to see and it’s their debut so there’ll be loads of them.

Rich: Cool. Our third prediction is about goals. Who’s going to win the Golden Boot?

Jack: Who’s going to finish as the top scorer?  I’m going for Lionel Messi - I think Argentina will do really well and it’s about time Messi played well for Argentina.

Rich: Yes, Argentina have some great players but I actually think Sergio Aguero will score more goals than Messi.

Jack: So, you think Aguero will win the Golden Boot?

Rich: Nope. Harry Kane.

Jack: Sorry?

Rich: Harry Kane.

Jack: Really? Are you sure?

Rich: Yep.

Jack: Our fourth prediction is about the Premier League. The Premier League is going to have more players at the World Cup than any other league. Who do you think will have a good World Cup, Rich? I think Kevin De Bruyne will have a good tournament.

Rich: Good shout. He’s a good player.

Jack: I reckon De Bruyne is going to be the star of the tournament!

Rich: Yes, I think Belgium will do well. 

Jack: I think David Silva and David De Gea will be the best players for Spain and Mesut Ozil will have a good tournament and Senegal’s Sadio Mane, too. What about you, Rich?

Rich: Not sure … but I think Dele Alli will do well and Marcus Rashford is going to have a great tournament and Harry Kane, Raheem Sterling, Kyle Walker ..

Jack: All the England players?

Rich: Yep.

Jack: OK, let’s move on to our fifth and final prediction. What do you think will be different in this World Cup? Do you think anything strange is going to happen?

Rich: What do you mean?

Jack: For example, I think something might happen with the VAR system. It’s new,  so something is bound to go wrong.

Rich: No, I think it will all go well unless you think England winning the World Cup would be strange?

Language focus

Jack: In the last section, we made five predictions. There are two common ways to make a prediction: you can use ‘will’ or ‘going to’.

Rich: There is not much difference in meaning between the two, but when we use ‘think’ we use ‘will’ more often, for example ‘I think England will win the World Cup’, but you can say ‘I think England are going to win the World Cup’ too.

Jack: Yes, they are very similar. If you are less sure about your prediction you can use a modal verb such as ‘might’. I said I think something might happen with the VAR system.

Rich: You could also use phrases such as ‘likely to’ or you can add ‘probably’ or ‘possibly’ to will or going to add more or less certainty.

Jack: Or if you are really sure you can say something is bound to happen which means you’re certain something is going to happen.

Rich: We look at more of the language of predictions and have some activities for you to do on the page below this podcast on the Premier Skills English website. 

Task

Rich: Right, this week’s task is to tell us your World Cup predictions. 

Jack: We want you to make five similar predictions. Here are the questions we want you to answer.

Number one: Who will win the World Cup?

Number two: Who will be the best fans?

Number three:  Who’s going to win the Golden Boot?

Number four:  Who will be the best player from the Premier League?

Number five: Will anything strange or different happen?

Rich: Write your answers in the comments section below and see if you can be the first with your predictions.

Football Phrase

Rich: Have you got a football phrase for us this week? 

Jack: Yes, I have, but first, last week’s football phrase. The phrase was group stage. This is the first round of lots of football tournaments such as the World Cup. It’s like a mini-league usually of four teams who play each other once or twice.

Rich: Well done to Elghoul from Algeria, Ahmed Adam from Sudan,  Willcasavill from Costa Rica, Buchiy from Japan, and Kwesimanifest from Ghana. You all got the right answer! What’s this week’s football phrase?

Jack: This week’s World Cup football phrase is **** *******. This is the name we give to the nation that arranges and organises an event such as the World Cup or Olympic Games on their territory. Russia is the **** ******* for the World Cup this year. 

Rich: Right, that’s all we have time for this week! Don’t forget to write your answers to our questions and make a guess at our football phrase in the comments below.

Jack: And hit the live tab on the homepage to join our World Cup Community programme and check out our predictions competition on the homepage.

Rich: If you have enjoyed this podcast or found it useful, leave us a rating or review and that will help other people find us. 

Jack: Bye for now and enjoy your football!

Vocabulary

How much did you understand?

In the podcast, Rich and Jack used some words and phrases that might be new for you. Do you know the words in bold?

I suppose all the usual suspects like Brazil, Germany, France, Argentina will be there or thereabouts.

I reckon Spain’s going to do well.

My dark horse, and you’ll probably laugh at me for saying this, but my dark horse is actually England.

Who are you going to go for? You can’t sit on the fence.

There were a few tricky words in the podcast. Do you know what they all mean? Try the activity below, then, listen to the podcast again to hear how we used the words.

Activity 1

Activity 1: In this activity, try to match the words and phrases to their definitions. All of the words were in this week's podcast.
Can you match the words to their definitions?
The hosts got off to a flying start. Russia 5-0 Saudi Arabia.

Language

Making Predictions 

In this week's podcast, Jack and Rich made five different predictions for the World Cup. Take a look at these sentences from the podcast:

I think people will remember the Peru fans. They'll make a lot of noise.

I actually think Sergio Aguero will score more goals than Messi.

Marcus Rashford is going to have a great tournament.

I reckon De Bruyne is going to be the star of the tournament.

Two of the main structures we use to make predictions are: will and going to. These structures are often used in the same way and there is often little or no difference in meaning. However, there are a couple of things to watch out for:

  • will is used more with 'think' because we are making a guess: I think people will remember the Peru fans = this is my prediction but I don't have any evidence for this
  • going to is often used when there is some evidence for the prediction: De Bruyne is going to be the star of the tournament = my prediction is based on De Bruyne being a great player

Activity 2

Activity 2: In this activity, take a look at some predictions and put the words in the right order.
Do you agree with these predictions?

Iceland fans doing their viking clap.

To show you are less or more sure of a prediction:

When we make predictions we are often not 100% sure about our prediction. We can use different words to show this. Here are some examples from the podcast:

I think Uruguay might surprise a few people and do well.

I think something might happen with the VAR system. 

You'll probably laugh at me for saying this, but my dark horse is England.

It’s new,  so something is bound to go wrong.

We can use modal verbs such as might, may and could to show that you are not 100% certain. You can also use adverbs such as probably and possibly to show that you are less certain. To show that you are 100% sure you can use phrases such as bound to and certain to.

If you would like to learn more about the past continuous, try the exercise below, or take a look on our Learn English website.

Activity 3

Activity 3: In this activity, look at the predictions and decide how certain they are to happen.
Can you reorder the sentences?

Peru are one of the most well supported teams in Russia.

Task

Five Predictions

In the podcast, Rich and Jack made five predictions about the World Cup. We want you to make your World Cup predictions. Try to use the language for predictions we've looked at in this podcast. Here are your questions:

  1. Who will win the World Cup?
  2. Which team will have the best fans?
  3. Who's going to win the Golden Boot?
  4. Who's going to be the best player from the Premier League?
  5. Will anything strange or different happen?

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Comment

What do you think?

In this World Cup podcast, Rich and Jack made five predictions. Look at the task above. What are your predictions?

Do you have any other predictions?

Which team are you supporting in Russia?

Remember to write your guess at this week's football phrase, too!

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Comments

juancamilojimenezch
17/07/2018
CO
98
points

1. The world cup will be won by Francia.
2. The country that will have the best fans will be Brazil.
3. Lionel Messi.
4. Cristiano Ronaldo.
5. No, it will be like every four years.


juancamilojimenezch
17/07/2018 21:53
Colombia
Manchester City
98

1. The world cup will be won by Francia.
2. The country that will have the best fans will be Brazil.
3. Lionel Messi.
4. Cristiano Ronaldo.
5. No, it will be like every four years.

LauraDanielaAriza
17/07/2018
CO
255
points

Task
1. I think France will win the cup
2. The best fans will be the Russians
3. the gold booty will be won by harry kane
4. the best player in the premier league will be Mousa Dembele
5. I think there will not be anything different in the world.

I have no predictions and my support was for the Croatian team


LauraDanielaAriza
17/07/2018 17:45
Colombia
Manchester United
255

Task
1. I think France will win the cup
2. The best fans will be the Russians
3. the gold booty will be won by harry kane
4. the best player in the premier league will be Mousa Dembele
5. I think there will not be anything different in the world.

I have no predictions and my support was for the Croatian team

Juanjo0106
17/07/2018
CO
50
points

No I havent any other prediction. I am supporting Croatia.


Juanjo0106
17/07/2018 00:24
Colombia
Manchester United
50

No I havent any other prediction. I am supporting Croatia.

ValentinaCalderónC
16/07/2018
CO
81
points

I think France is going to win the world cup.


ValentinaCalderónC
16/07/2018 21:30
Colombia
Crystal Palace
81

I think France is going to win the world cup.

Luanaolave's picture
Luanaolave
16/07/2018
CO
111
points

i dont have predictions but I think French going to win


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Luanaolave
16/07/2018 21:24
Colombia
Manchester United
111

i dont have predictions but I think French going to win

Sebastian Triviño Medina's picture
Sebastian Trivi...
16/07/2018
CO
455
points

- No.
- I'm supporting to France.
France is going to win.


Sebastian Triviño Medina's picture
Sebastian Trivi...
16/07/2018 20:28
Colombia
Manchester United
455

- No.
- I'm supporting to France.
France is going to win.

MariamRA
15/07/2018
BO
590
points

I know I'm crazy, but I think Croatia is going to be really great, and Russia too.
I'm supporting Mexico.
France has a really good team this year.


MariamRA
15/07/2018 20:18
Bolivia
Manchester United
590

I know I'm crazy, but I think Croatia is going to be really great, and Russia too.
I'm supporting Mexico.
France has a really good team this year.

Edu1603
15/07/2018
BO
612
points

I don't have predictions.
No, I don't.
I support Croatia. I think they are going to win de World Cup.


Edu1603
15/07/2018 15:58
Bolivia
Chelsea
612

I don't have predictions.
No, I don't.
I support Croatia. I think they are going to win de World Cup.

BETTYCBA
15/07/2018
BO
77
points

I don't haveremember predictions.


BETTYCBA
15/07/2018 12:46
Bolivia
Arsenal
77

I don't haveremember predictions.

pamelastic
15/07/2018
BO
364
points

I think the french team will win


pamelastic
15/07/2018 03:58
Bolivia
Swansea City
364

I think the french team will win

lauraamayav
14/07/2018
CO
78
points

1. The world cup will be won by Francia.
2. The country that will have the best fans will be Brazil.
3. Lionel Messi.
4. Cristiano Ronaldo.
5. No, it will be like every four years.


lauraamayav
14/07/2018 22:02
Colombia
Arsenal
78

1. The world cup will be won by Francia.
2. The country that will have the best fans will be Brazil.
3. Lionel Messi.
4. Cristiano Ronaldo.
5. No, it will be like every four years.

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Nisttahuz
14/07/2018
BO
45
points

i think frace is the new champion


Nisttahuz's picture
Nisttahuz
14/07/2018 20:59
Bolivia
Huddersfield Town
45

i think frace is the new champion

MariaJoseCorreaC
14/07/2018
CO
52
points

- No.
- I'm supporting to France.
France is going to win.


MariaJoseCorreaC
14/07/2018 19:08
Colombia
Manchester United
52

- No.
- I'm supporting to France.
France is going to win.

CarlaC18
12/07/2018
BO
554
points

- No.
- I'm supporting to France.
France is going to win.


CarlaC18
12/07/2018 23:29
Bolivia
Chelsea
554

- No.
- I'm supporting to France.
France is going to win.

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gabita
12/07/2018
BO
16
points

i think that france will win the world cup


gabita's picture
gabita
12/07/2018 22:25
Bolivia
Swansea City
16

i think that france will win the world cup

khaibit Anez
12/07/2018
BO
354
points

- My prediction is that Croacia is going to win the World Cup.
-Im supporting Croacia because they never win a World Cup.


khaibit Anez
12/07/2018 22:00
Bolivia
Manchester United
354

- My prediction is that Croacia is going to win the World Cup.
-Im supporting Croacia because they never win a World Cup.

daniele
12/07/2018
BO
226
points

Who’s going to win the Golden Boot?
Harry Kane
I think croatia will win the World Cup.


daniele
12/07/2018 21:47
Bolivia
Manchester United
226

Who’s going to win the Golden Boot?
Harry Kane
I think croatia will win the World Cup.

RodrigoMc
12/07/2018
BO
59
points

I think England will win The World Cup.
No, I don't have.
Alemania is supporting in Russia.


RodrigoMc
12/07/2018 19:08
Bolivia
Manchester United
59

I think England will win The World Cup.
No, I don't have.
Alemania is supporting in Russia.

BETTYCBA
12/07/2018
BO
77
points

It's depend


BETTYCBA
12/07/2018 17:48
Bolivia
Arsenal
77

It's depend

Bambimey
12/07/2018
BO
515
points

I think that Croatia wil win the world cup but I would have liked France to win.


Bambimey
12/07/2018 04:29
Bolivia
Chelsea
515

I think that Croatia wil win the world cup but I would have liked France to win.

gabriel99salvatierra
12/07/2018
BO
288
points

1. i dont have predictions
2. no
3. alemania
4. okay


gabriel99salvatierra
12/07/2018 00:10
Bolivia
Everton
288

1. i dont have predictions
2. no
3. alemania
4. okay

Ashly
11/07/2018
BO
616
points

I do not have any predictions and I am not supporting any team In the world cup


Ashly
11/07/2018 22:05
Bolivia
Swansea City
616

I do not have any predictions and I am not supporting any team In the world cup

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Nisttahuz
11/07/2018
BO
45
points

I think France is a good team and they can be champions.


Nisttahuz's picture
Nisttahuz
11/07/2018 19:18
Bolivia
Huddersfield Town
45

I think France is a good team and they can be champions.

Daniel Villalon
10/07/2018
PE
25
points

1. I think England will win the world cup.
2. Peru is Out- So England is my Dark Horse now.
Peruvian Fans are the best.
Harry Kane is going to win the Golden Boot.


Daniel Villalon
10/07/2018 16:29
Peru
Manchester City
25

1. I think England will win the world cup.
2. Peru is Out- So England is my Dark Horse now.
Peruvian Fans are the best.
Harry Kane is going to win the Golden Boot.

nando
07/07/2018
BO
466
points

Brazil will win the World Cup.


nando
07/07/2018 22:12
Bolivia
Manchester United
466

Brazil will win the World Cup.

milos
06/07/2018
RS
1786
points

I think that Urugauy will win the world cup.
For me Iceland fans are definitely the best in this world cup.
I think E.Cavani will win the golden boot.
The best player from premier league for me are Kevin De Bruyne and
Harry Kane.
VAR is big mistake I don t see it s point.I mean is ok for offside situation,and scoring goals but for penalty decision is not so good.It would be better that every team have one or two challange per game,something like in American football or Tennis.


milos
06/07/2018 10:57
Serbia
Manchester United
1786

I think that Urugauy will win the world cup.
For me Iceland fans are definitely the best in this world cup.
I think E.Cavani will win the golden boot.
The best player from premier league for me are Kevin De Bruyne and
Harry Kane.
VAR is big mistake I don t see it s point.I mean is ok for offside situation,and scoring goals but for penalty decision is not so good.It would be better that every team have one or two challange per game,something like in American football or Tennis.

mariasilvia21
05/07/2018
BO
303
points

I agree with Jack.
Uruguay.


mariasilvia21
05/07/2018 03:22
Bolivia
Chelsea
303

I agree with Jack.
Uruguay.

Merian Ivette
04/07/2018
BO
462
points

Number one: Who will win the World Cup?
I think Brazil will win the World Cup.

Number two: Who will be the best fans?
Brazil will be the best fans
Number three: Who’s going to win the Golden Boot?
Neymar is going to win the Golden Boot.
Number four: Who will be the best player from the Premier League?
Kevin De Bruyne, Manchester City
Number five: Will anything strange or different happen?
No, anything strange will happen.


Merian Ivette
04/07/2018 16:03
Bolivia
Manchester United
462

Number one: Who will win the World Cup?
I think Brazil will win the World Cup.

Number two: Who will be the best fans?
Brazil will be the best fans
Number three: Who’s going to win the Golden Boot?
Neymar is going to win the Golden Boot.
Number four: Who will be the best player from the Premier League?
Kevin De Bruyne, Manchester City
Number five: Will anything strange or different happen?
No, anything strange will happen.

Jhasi02
03/07/2018
BO
208
points

>Who will win the World Cup?
-I think France will win it.
>Which team will have the best fans?
-Iceland are going to have the best fans.
>Who's going to win the Golden Boot?
-I think Mbappé will win it.
>Who's going to be the best player from the Premier League?
-I'm not sure...but I lean more to Mbappé (again xd).
>Will anything strange or different happen?
-If we are talking about the systems or something similar, I think nothing is going to happen.

+Currently, I don't have any other predictions.
+Uruguaaaaayyyy \:'D/
+Okay :3 xD (Russia is the host country for the World Cup this year.)


Jhasi02
03/07/2018 02:32
Bolivia
Chelsea
208

>Who will win the World Cup?
-I think France will win it.
>Which team will have the best fans?
-Iceland are going to have the best fans.
>Who's going to win the Golden Boot?
-I think Mbappé will win it.
>Who's going to be the best player from the Premier League?
-I'm not sure...but I lean more to Mbappé (again xd).
>Will anything strange or different happen?
-If we are talking about the systems or something similar, I think nothing is going to happen.

+Currently, I don't have any other predictions.
+Uruguaaaaayyyy \:'D/
+Okay :3 xD (Russia is the host country for the World Cup this year.)

Ramiro51
02/07/2018
BO
261
points

Who will win the World Cup?
- Brazil will win it
Number two: Who will be the best fans?
- Mexico fans will
Number three: Who’s going to win the Golden Boot?
- I think Kayne is going to win the Golden Boot
Number four: Who will be the best player from the Premier League?
- I'm not sure, but i think it will be Mbappe
Number five: Will anything strange or different happen?
- No, i think nothing strange will happen


Ramiro51
02/07/2018 19:00
Bolivia
Manchester City
261

Who will win the World Cup?
- Brazil will win it
Number two: Who will be the best fans?
- Mexico fans will
Number three: Who’s going to win the Golden Boot?
- I think Kayne is going to win the Golden Boot
Number four: Who will be the best player from the Premier League?
- I'm not sure, but i think it will be Mbappe
Number five: Will anything strange or different happen?
- No, i think nothing strange will happen

Yanissa.A.E
02/07/2018
BO
383
points

I think that Brazil or France Will win
I think that Neymar is going to win the Golden Boot


Yanissa.A.E
02/07/2018 14:49
Bolivia
Manchester United
383

I think that Brazil or France Will win
I think that Neymar is going to win the Golden Boot

valetg
02/07/2018
BO
80
points

Who will win the World Cup?
R.- France will win it
Number two: Who will be the best fans?
R.- France
Number three: Who’s going to win the Golden Boot?
R.- I think that Mbappe is going to win the Golden Boot
Number four: Who will be the best player from the Premier League?
R.- I'm not sure but i'm think it will be Mbappe
Number five: Will anything strange or different happen?
R.- No, i think anything strange will happen

I'm supporting France.
France will win!


valetg
02/07/2018 04:04
Bolivia
Manchester United
80

Who will win the World Cup?
R.- France will win it
Number two: Who will be the best fans?
R.- France
Number three: Who’s going to win the Golden Boot?
R.- I think that Mbappe is going to win the Golden Boot
Number four: Who will be the best player from the Premier League?
R.- I'm not sure but i'm think it will be Mbappe
Number five: Will anything strange or different happen?
R.- No, i think anything strange will happen

I'm supporting France.
France will win!

Paola GV
30/06/2018
BO
-1965
points

I think that Mexico or France will win the World Cup.
I think that Messi will win the Golden Boot.
I think that Mexican fans are the best.


Paola GV
30/06/2018 22:18
Bolivia
Chelsea
-1965

I think that Mexico or France will win the World Cup.
I think that Messi will win the Golden Boot.
I think that Mexican fans are the best.

jafetkevinbarra
29/06/2018
BO
501
points

Yes, I do. I think tha Brazil will win the World Cup.


jafetkevinbarra
29/06/2018 20:32
Bolivia
Manchester United
501

Yes, I do. I think tha Brazil will win the World Cup.

Belensaa
29/06/2018
BO
702
points

I think that Mexico is doing very well


Belensaa
29/06/2018 20:16
Bolivia
Manchester City
702

I think that Mexico is doing very well

Melanilaur@
29/06/2018
BO
198
points

-It would be amazing to see Uruguay or Argentina faced.
-Personally I would like that Neymar will win.


Melanilaur@
29/06/2018 07:16
Bolivia
Newcastle United
198

-It would be amazing to see Uruguay or Argentina faced.
-Personally I would like that Neymar will win.

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sofipedraza3
28/06/2018
BO
451
points

1.- Uruguay or Brazil. 2-. The team of Peru has the best fans. 3-. Harry Kane. 4-.Personally I think Cristiano Ronaldo will win 5-. Maybe they will reach the final, Latin American countries.


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sofipedraza3
28/06/2018 17:38
Bolivia
Manchester United
451

1.- Uruguay or Brazil. 2-. The team of Peru has the best fans. 3-. Harry Kane. 4-.Personally I think Cristiano Ronaldo will win 5-. Maybe they will reach the final, Latin American countries.

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Ahmed Adam Mamado
24/06/2018
SD
2760
points

Correct me.

Wouldn't it be great if we dedicated some space in our discussion to the men between the sticks? Those guys who represent almost half of the team strength. So, who will be the best Keeper? Who's gonna win the Golden Glove?

Personally speaking, I think this depends on how far the team goes in the tournament. For example, if a goalie played superbly and kept 4 clean sheets, say 3 in the group stage and one in the last 16, winning 4 man of the match awards, guiding his team to top their group, but then being knocked out from the last 16 on penalties, still he wouldn't win the Golden Glove from my perspective. So, he has to be at least a semi-finalist.

Neuer, Courto, De Gea, Lloris are the usual suspects, but I actually think that Alison is going to win it. I guess the Brazilian keeper will have a good tournament. It's less likely that someone would argue if I said Brazil are solid at the back and well-organised which means he will possibly concede less.


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Ahmed Adam Mamado
24/06/2018 19:41
Sudan
Liverpool
2760

Correct me.

Wouldn't it be great if we dedicated some space in our discussion to the men between the sticks? Those guys who represent almost half of the team strength. So, who will be the best Keeper? Who's gonna win the Golden Glove?

Personally speaking, I think this depends on how far the team goes in the tournament. For example, if a goalie played superbly and kept 4 clean sheets, say 3 in the group stage and one in the last 16, winning 4 man of the match awards, guiding his team to top their group, but then being knocked out from the last 16 on penalties, still he wouldn't win the Golden Glove from my perspective. So, he has to be at least a semi-finalist.

Neuer, Courto, De Gea, Lloris are the usual suspects, but I actually think that Alison is going to win it. I guess the Brazilian keeper will have a good tournament. It's less likely that someone would argue if I said Brazil are solid at the back and well-organised which means he will possibly concede less.

batric.janjic
24/06/2018
ME
117
points

I am supporting Serbia in this World Cup.


batric.janjic
24/06/2018 15:43
Montenegro
Chelsea
117

I am supporting Serbia in this World Cup.

valtalap
24/06/2018
KZ
4
points

i think England will the champion


valtalap
24/06/2018 10:31
Kazakhstan
Manchester City
4

i think England will the champion

zayanshaikh
24/06/2018
OM
107
points

I'm quite sure that Cristiano Ronaldo will get the golden boot.


zayanshaikh
24/06/2018 09:56
Oman
Chelsea
107

I'm quite sure that Cristiano Ronaldo will get the golden boot.

zayanshaikh
24/06/2018
OM
107
points

I am actually supporting Russia Croatia France Portugal Spain Belgium England Mexico and Sweden.


zayanshaikh
24/06/2018 10:23
Oman
Chelsea
107

I am actually supporting Russia Croatia France Portugal Spain Belgium England Mexico and Sweden.

Buchiy
23/06/2018
JP
2270
points

I think that the phrase is **** *******.


Buchiy
23/06/2018 07:39
Japan
Leicester City
2270

I think that the phrase is **** *******.

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elghoul
22/06/2018
DZ
2804
points

Already done. 


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elghoul
22/06/2018 16:54
Algeria
Arsenal
2804

Already done. 

Ahmed Adam Mamado's picture
Ahmed Adam Mamado
22/06/2018
SD
2760
points

Correct me.

I'm not sure if some strange or different things would happen. The organising bodies have done pretty well since the tournament kick-started and there haven't been problems or complains so far. I think it's going to a successful World Cup.

Interestingly, in the build up to this tournament's kick-off, I heard that some Russian fans were going to welcome some English fans inside their home. I read on the BBC that some rooms would be dedicated as to show the generosity and friendliness of Russian people.

The only strange thing would be a giant polar-bear running onto the pitch causing a huge stir in the stadium. Imagine the lone footballers messing about and running towards the stands to be sheltered by the fans! That'd be an unforgettable experience with such a huge pitch invader.


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Ahmed Adam Mamado
22/06/2018 12:37
Sudan
Liverpool
2760

Correct me.

I'm not sure if some strange or different things would happen. The organising bodies have done pretty well since the tournament kick-started and there haven't been problems or complains so far. I think it's going to a successful World Cup.

Interestingly, in the build up to this tournament's kick-off, I heard that some Russian fans were going to welcome some English fans inside their home. I read on the BBC that some rooms would be dedicated as to show the generosity and friendliness of Russian people.

The only strange thing would be a giant polar-bear running onto the pitch causing a huge stir in the stadium. Imagine the lone footballers messing about and running towards the stands to be sheltered by the fans! That'd be an unforgettable experience with such a huge pitch invader.

Ahmed Adam Mamado's picture
Ahmed Adam Mamado
22/06/2018
SD
2760
points

Correct me

As for the best player from the Premier League, I think this player has to be from either the England or Belgium squad because most influential PL footballers play for those two teams. Hazard, KDD and Lukaku for the Red Devils; Kane, Ali and Sterling for the Three Lions. These are the Players who can decide match results.

Since I'm predicting England to make it to the semis, so I'm going for an English player, and yup, you guessed it, it's Harry Kane! No one could argue that he's the most consistent English footballer for the last 3 years or so.

Now a little bit off topic, if you ask me will the player whom I'm predicting to be the best from the PL be the star of the tournament? Well, if he notched the Golden Boot award, and England got to the last 4 as I'm predicting, then he definitely would. Otherwise, it'd be a player from the winning team. Probably Brazil or Spain.


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Ahmed Adam Mamado
22/06/2018 12:05
Sudan
Liverpool
2760

Correct me

As for the best player from the Premier League, I think this player has to be from either the England or Belgium squad because most influential PL footballers play for those two teams. Hazard, KDD and Lukaku for the Red Devils; Kane, Ali and Sterling for the Three Lions. These are the Players who can decide match results.

Since I'm predicting England to make it to the semis, so I'm going for an English player, and yup, you guessed it, it's Harry Kane! No one could argue that he's the most consistent English footballer for the last 3 years or so.

Now a little bit off topic, if you ask me will the player whom I'm predicting to be the best from the PL be the star of the tournament? Well, if he notched the Golden Boot award, and England got to the last 4 as I'm predicting, then he definitely would. Otherwise, it'd be a player from the winning team. Probably Brazil or Spain.

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Ahmed Adam Mamado
22/06/2018
SD
2760
points

Correct me.

The Golden Boot question is as difficult as the question of 'who do you think will win the WC?'.

It's clear that CR7 stands out at the moment. Although he's now on four, I don't think he'll win it because I think Portugal aren't creating lots of changes, hence, won't go far. Yes, he bagged a hat-trick in their opening game, but the nockout stages are different.

Players like Cherchev and D.Costa have also got their chances alive as they already have 3 goals to their names without forgetting the Red Devil Lukaku who netted twice in one game as well.

Once again, can't disagree with you teacher Rich. I think the Hurricane will win it. The good thing however, is that lots of stars are involved and given their current form, this time the Golden Boot chase promises to be a cracking one. There will be serious fight and for sure it's gonna be tight.


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Ahmed Adam Mamado
22/06/2018 10:51
Sudan
Liverpool
2760

Correct me.

The Golden Boot question is as difficult as the question of 'who do you think will win the WC?'.

It's clear that CR7 stands out at the moment. Although he's now on four, I don't think he'll win it because I think Portugal aren't creating lots of changes, hence, won't go far. Yes, he bagged a hat-trick in their opening game, but the nockout stages are different.

Players like Cherchev and D.Costa have also got their chances alive as they already have 3 goals to their names without forgetting the Red Devil Lukaku who netted twice in one game as well.

Once again, can't disagree with you teacher Rich. I think the Hurricane will win it. The good thing however, is that lots of stars are involved and given their current form, this time the Golden Boot chase promises to be a cracking one. There will be serious fight and for sure it's gonna be tight.

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Ahmed Adam Mamado
22/06/2018
SD
2760
points

Correct me

There have been lots of Argentina supporters roaring on their team and the Mexican fans have also been influential in their team's performance against Germany.

I agree with you teacher Rich that the Iceland fans with their Viking claps and unified kit are definitely adding a special flavour and a unique atmosphere to this tournament. They're by far the best fans.

I recently started liking everything connected to the Iceland national football team, from their style of play to that player number 8 and of course their fans.


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Ahmed Adam Mamado
22/06/2018 10:21
Sudan
Liverpool
2760

Correct me

There have been lots of Argentina supporters roaring on their team and the Mexican fans have also been influential in their team's performance against Germany.

I agree with you teacher Rich that the Iceland fans with their Viking claps and unified kit are definitely adding a special flavour and a unique atmosphere to this tournament. They're by far the best fans.

I recently started liking everything connected to the Iceland national football team, from their style of play to that player number 8 and of course their fans.

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Ahmed Adam Mamado
22/06/2018
SD
2760
points

Correct me.

Our football is extremely poor to the extent that we've never been to the WC before although we were one of four nations that formed African football and played an important role in the continent. It's a bit like the footballing role that England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Island play in the global stage.... Well, that's history!

Now back to the question, I'm backing Spain as main contenders, Croatia as a potential dark horse and Sadio Mane's teammates have also got my sympathy since I'm African.


Ahmed Adam Mamado's picture
Ahmed Adam Mamado
22/06/2018 10:04
Sudan
Liverpool
2760

Correct me.

Our football is extremely poor to the extent that we've never been to the WC before although we were one of four nations that formed African football and played an important role in the continent. It's a bit like the footballing role that England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Island play in the global stage.... Well, that's history!

Now back to the question, I'm backing Spain as main contenders, Croatia as a potential dark horse and Sadio Mane's teammates have also got my sympathy since I'm African.

Ahmed Adam Mamado's picture
Ahmed Adam Mamado
22/06/2018
SD
2760
points

Correct me

Predicting the Wold Cup winner is not a five-minute job. And as we've seen the 2014 WC runners-up and one of the favourites to win the tournament, Argentina, are now on the brink of being dumbed out from the group stage. Even the WC Champions, Germany, who had never lost an opening game in almost seven successive WC versions, they lost this time against Mexico. It just shows how unpredictable the Mundial is.

Belgium with the current squad they might be considered as slight favourites, but sometimes you start to feel they're much more reliant on individual performances rather than group work and this won't get you further. However, If Croatia and Switzerland can step up their games, it's possible they will go beyond the last 16 because these teams play as a unit. Now I think France, Brazil, Spain and England will be the semi-finalist with Brazil being crowed champions after defeating Spain in the final. Belive it or not, both the 2014 finalists won't be in the semis!

I know I might be upsetting some people by these predictions, but hopefully these are only my expectations which could be completely different from reality, so slow down, cheer up, enjoying supporting your team and be optimistic!


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Ahmed Adam Mamado
22/06/2018 09:14
Sudan
Liverpool
2760

Correct me

Predicting the Wold Cup winner is not a five-minute job. And as we've seen the 2014 WC runners-up and one of the favourites to win the tournament, Argentina, are now on the brink of being dumbed out from the group stage. Even the WC Champions, Germany, who had never lost an opening game in almost seven successive WC versions, they lost this time against Mexico. It just shows how unpredictable the Mundial is.

Belgium with the current squad they might be considered as slight favourites, but sometimes you start to feel they're much more reliant on individual performances rather than group work and this won't get you further. However, If Croatia and Switzerland can step up their games, it's possible they will go beyond the last 16 because these teams play as a unit. Now I think France, Brazil, Spain and England will be the semi-finalist with Brazil being crowed champions after defeating Spain in the final. Belive it or not, both the 2014 finalists won't be in the semis!

I know I might be upsetting some people by these predictions, but hopefully these are only my expectations which could be completely different from reality, so slow down, cheer up, enjoying supporting your team and be optimistic!

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Task: Make five World Cup predictions